Top Nights Out in Brighton
Situated on England’s southern coast, Brighton and Hove has become one the United Kingdom’s most popular destinations for holidaymakers, both domestic and international. The towns have developed a trendy and youthful reputation and are home to England’s biggest gay community, who together have created the friendliest and most party happy cities anywhere. Boasting a vibrant, colourful and creative edge, the city of Brighton is only an hour’s train ride south from London and radiates an exciting mix of culture, shopping, arts and music as well as a highly rated, if a little stony, beachfront with a Victorian pier and promenade. As such, we have put together this little review of the top things to do on nights out in Brighton and Hove.
Although spelled with a K, it doesn’t take long to figure out what our first venue is all about. The Komedia is the venue of choice for Brightonians seeking out where to get their comedy fix. As well as laying on top nights of hilarious fringe comedy at its best, the Komedia, winner of the best venue in the South a record 14 times, also puts on live-performing Indie bands, puppet shows for kids and cabaret nights. You’ll find the club on North Laine where you can take your seat knowing that you are in for a comedic treat, although watch out for on-stage bullies if you find yourself sitting the front row!
Unleash your inner Walter White at Brighton Rocks where you can learn the scientific art of cocktail making. It’s a little more than a funky pub that offers bar snacks and craft beers. But the real draw here is the cocktail school where you can learn cocktail making with the bar’s experienced and flamboyant bartenders or professional mixologists. Upstairs, there’s a bistro-style restaurant that serves small platters, sharing plates, burgers and more. Downstairs, there are bar snacks, along with the main bar. One thing though, as a trendy venue, it doesn’t come cheap: cocktail classes are £30 and include a lesson with a few drinks and refills.
Proud Cabaret Brighton
A few minutes’ walk from the seafront sits one of Brighton’s most iconic venues, the Proud Cabaret Brighton. The Proud Cabaret Brighton is a cocktail bar and restaurant lounge with a twist. Every Saturday, the club hosts Le Chat Noir, a showcase of Brighton’s top Cabaret and Burlesque performers as they showcase charming 1920’s decor and vintage regalia. The venue itself, which was previously a boxing club and a mausoleum, has a vintage feel that makes its mark on the club’s exterior that features a dome of Baroque architecture on the top. Visitors can dine on a three-course meal in posh VIP-party booths before taking in the show and finishing the night with a swinging party. At Proud Cabaret Brighton, a night awaits that you won’t ever forget.
Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.
If you’re fortunate enough to be in the city during the football season, it’s worth giving some thought to visiting the Falmer Stadium, also known as the American Express Community Stadium (Amex). Brighton & Hove Albion are now playing in their second season of Premier League Football, so expect big names on the field and a friendly atmosphere of it. North-east of the city near the University, the Amex is about 4 kilometres from Brighton’s main rail station, although it is some distance from Brighton’s seafront pier. It’s a small, quaint and modern stadium that holds over 30,000 people, but is fast developing into one the nation’s favourites.
Situated on the Brighton seafront in the heat of the marina opposite the palace pier, the Rendezvous Casino offers the best gaming and live entertainment set in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. If you are on the hunt for a relaxing but ultimately, thrilling evening while you’re in town, a trip to the Rendezvous Casino should be on the cards. Talking of cards, the Rendezvous has a variety of different card games to try your luck or test your skills. Here, you can enjoy poker, blackjack, craps, roulette as well as slots. Just remember to familiarise yourself with some poker strategies to bring your skills up to the level required before you leave for the night to make sure you don’t end up regretting the evening. If you don’t fancy playing at the tables, you can always enjoy a meal in their highly rated restaurant or enjoy a cocktail in their sports bar in their entertainment lounge.
It is with good reason that the Coalition has become Brighton’s best-loved venue. Like so many on this list, it’s situated on the seafront, but is cooler than most, cutting an exclusive and edgy feel, especially on Saturday nights when it leaps into epic mode. Revellers come from all over to see the likes of Jaguar Skills and Mike Skinner on the decks as the club lights up the most electric nights of the weekend. The club is built into an abandoned viaduct and features a series of arches and tunnels that form the bar and accompanying dance floor. Big names of the club scene regularly play here at the Coalition, which also boasts a massive live music programme. When you need to or even want to on a quiet summer’s evening, head out to the terrace where during daytimes, you can enjoy a range of tasty hot dogs served up by the famous Brighton Sausage Company. This venue is a real treat.